A Journey Through Space and Time
I. Introduction to Planetology
Physical units and powers of time, scale of the solar system and historical perspective, Kepler's and Newton's Laws
II. The Sun
In the sun, sunlight, spectra and cosmic abundances, how elements are made, the solar wind.
III. The Moon
Apollo explorations to the moon, minerals and rocks, craters and structure
Its orbit, surface and structure
The atmosphere and surface of Venus
Age of Earth and geologic time scale, basic internal structure and plate tectonics, atmosphere, oceans and life.
Surface processes, volcanoes and tectonics, Viking missions and the search for life
VIII. The Giant Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, & Neptune
Internal structures and atmospheres, magnetic fields in the solar system, magnetospheres, Voyager exploration of the outer solar system
IX. Outer Satellites, Rings and Pluto
X. Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites
XI. Origin of the Solar System